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Stateside Saison - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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304 Reviews
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Reviews: 304
Hads: 899
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 35
Gots: 101 | FT: 3
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: callmemickey on 03-31-2010

Stateside Saison pays homage to old world tradition while celebrating new world innovation. Naturally brewed with the finest European malts & fresh aromatic hops from the United States & New Zealand. It’s then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, showcasing some of the best attributes of modern-day craft brewing.
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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright, glowing orange-peach with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, black pepper, grassy hops, lemon and a light funkiness.

Tastes of tropical fruit, pepper, lemon and a bit of funky earthiness.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a sharp carbonation.

A very drinkable and enjoyable Saison from Stillwater.

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Photo of JLeege
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours clear golden color with lots of active carbonation. A huge clumpy white head, leaving good lace and permanent layer of foam atop the beer.

Smell- A peppery spice up front with some wet grass underneath. Belgian yeast, with pear and citrus fruits. A slightly doughy quality to this as well.

Taste- Dry throughout the drink, even more so than most saisons. The fruit notes start off, peach, pear, lemon. A bit grassy with light peppery spice in the middle, notes of clove, and a white wine like accent. A little prevailing yeast, and even more citrus on the finish. Tasty.

Mouthfeel- Light & crisp, higher carbonation, very refreshing.

Overall- My first offering from Stillwater Artisanal, had to pick this up after reading the article about Strumke in the BA Mag. This is almost IPA meets Saison and after further rereading the article, that seems to be the aim of this one; so nice job to me for identifying that, and a great job to the brewer for spot-on execution. So far so good, I will be keeping an eye out for more from Stillwater.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rodman's in DC. I've had this beer on tap a few times, but this is the first time I'm having it out of a bottle. After a disgusting day at work, I need some beer.

Mildly hazy with a *huge* off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a rather gorgeous beer. Plenty of carbonation is visible too. The nose is great. Moderately rustic with a raw, grainy character, mildly bready, mildly pilsner malt-like. Complex but well balanced yeast character is present, with a blend of spices and phenols. White pepper and some floral character are present, there's also a mild hoppiness with a mildly fruity character. A touch of honey rounds out the nose, this is rather excellent.

The palate is rather unique. Surprisingly juicy from the hops, there's a little grape-like character present (from the Nelson Sauvin, I guess?), as well as a bitterness that's mildly grapefruit-like. The malt character isn't as raw as the nose suggested, and it _is_ whelmed by the hops and the yeast here. Like any good saison, this is quite spicy and moderately phenolic. In fact, the first few sips have a sharpness to them that I can't really describe better. Drying on the finish with hop flavor (grapes, sweetlimes), spicy (white pepper, a little nutmeg-like bitterness) and crisp with plenty of carbonation, this is an enjoyable and refreshing beverage. Very well done, Brian!

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy gold with a thin white head. Citrus and melon in the aroma. Low carbonation, light bodied. Some grainy malt. A little spice and fruit from yeast. I wish this had been a little more crisp and dry. It was a little flabby for me.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Duvel Tulip with a huge white head that almost billowed over the top of the glass and laces nicely. Hazy yellow in color.

S: Substantial amount of funk in this one. Also I'm picking up the alcohol a bit. Grassy hops, and yeast for sure.

T: Light, with a bit of yeast up front. That gives way to a slight bitterness and a dry finish. Hardly any alcohol sensation.

MF: The bottle opened with a huge pop! (Just with a bottle cap, no cork) and sprayed out a little bit. The huge amount of carbonation leaves a nice tingle on the palate.

D: Very drinkable. Very good representation of the style in my opinion. Complex, but not overly dominated by one aspect.

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Photo of mclaughlindw4
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle with no head. Clean smell, like a proper saison. After first sip it tastes like a great example of what I like in this style. I taste a little bit of spice, not sure if there is any or if it's just the yeast. Straw color with a little amber and hazy. This is a very good no nonsense saison.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, caramel color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, thick head of egg shell white foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - Good estery aroma with apple and pear in the nose.

T - Fruity (apple and pear) and yeasty with a sweet caramel and grain backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had some bite. A light to medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty saison. I'm glad Stillwater finally made it to Missouri.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, Bruery tulip, and many thanks to drabmuh via Secret Santa 2010.

Superb very hazy orange gold colored beer and an equally great large bubbled head in almost perfect white. The beer has a soft glow and there are substantial blobs of lace.

This is one of the stronger Saison noses I've come across; vibrant light fruit, white grape, green apple, and peach, with lots of chalky yeast. Maybe there's some tangerine and white pepper.

To me this is what constitutes a good Saison; chalky yeast, light esters, a little pepper, a good dose of light fruits, and some light European malt. Stateside, however, is not dry enough. The malt is too sweet and fruity instead of dry and crackery.

Mouthfeel is very good, though again under attenuation denies a really high score. The massive dose of carbonation works well to moderate the fullish body.

If only this were drier it would be a great Saison. For me it checks all the other boxes. More pepper would be nice too, but this is not that variety of Saison.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that slowly died down but never disappeared.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy hops, lemon, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of herbs and white wine. Grassy hops dominate the taste, which has a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate with a high amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of dryness.
D: This is a very interesting saison but needs to be sipped slowly given its intense flavors and the combination of bitterness and dryness.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Among the other Stillwater beers, I was less of a fan of their stateside saison. It's unique and interesting, but not my ideal. From the pour you get a sense of what's coming. The head develops rapidly, to an absurd volume. Be very careful on your pour.

So, with that kind of head, you know to expect carbonation - and good lord is it carbonated. It's kind of out of control - which makes it memorable - but that wheaty, fresh taste might suffer. I recommend this to try once, but not a huge fan overall.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up at GBX.

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours hazy, brilliant orange with golden highlights. A big fluffy white head propagates the top of the brew.

S - Slightly funky earthy yeast. The lemon-grapefruit citrus aroma of hops. Pepper, maybe cloves.

T - Spicy frontend made up mostly of white pepper, cloves, other spices, some sweetness devolving into a funky, hoppy aftertaste.

M - Highly carbonated, lighter bodied.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Monk, in Buffalo.

Stateside Saison is a dark and toasty golden and has a semi-obscured complexion; it appears much denser than the brighter, sunnier examples I tend to think of as prototypical for the style. But it's certainly recognizable as a saison and is an attractive beer nonetheless. Likewise, although the Belgians take head propagation more seriously, the level of foamy white suds present here is still more than acceptable.

Like all good and proper saisons, this beer has a lot to say about yeast: an undercurrent of earthy funk scampers throughout the aroma. Over top of it, however, is a distinguishably 'new world' hoppiness that is nonchalantly bitter and more than helpful at creating additional depth to the (predictable) elements of fruits, herbs and spices.

The taste, apparently, is where most of the spiciness has come to settle. Trying to capture the essence of this maladjusted 'spiciness' is like guessing lottery numbers - who knows? Cloves, white pepper, dried oregano, grains of paradise? The one thing I do know for certain is that no actual spices were even used. That's just the magic of yeast.

In order for its flavour to really spring to life, Stateside Saison needed some time to warm. It took me the better part of a half hour to realize just how animatedly zesty and precocious a beer this is. Its crispy, toasty, biscuity pale malts are a compliment of the highest order for all this spicy yeast. It has an interplay of tastes and textures that comes only from top quality ingredients, a clever recipe and an imaginative, adept brewer.

Stillwater is an ironic name for a brewery that is creating so many ripples in the craft-beer pond. The mind behind this outfit is clearly a visionary and, fortunately, one with the proper appreciation and understanding of classic styles to possess the necessary tact when putting his own personal spin on them. Stateside Saison is exactly what it says it is: an homage to old world tradition and a celebration of new world innovation.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've not been absolutely thrilled with the other Stillwater beers I've had, but here's to giving another a try!

Poured into a tulip - has the look of a good saison, lots of foam, orangey-gold. Aroma filled the room as I popped the cap. A little mustiness, but mostly orange, lemon and a little grapefruit, from the American and New Zealand hops, I guess. I like. If this is going to be a nice hoppy saison, it bodes well for my liking it.

It tastes pretty much as it smells. Mostly dry and peppery, with some good hints of citrus. Not terribly complicated, but it's still hitting all the right marks for me, for a cleaner non-buggy saison. I like those to have a bit of an assertive hop profile (relative to style), and this one has it.

Good spiky mouthfeel. Here's my Stillwater winner, so far.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the cask into a pint glass. Resembling a strange orange/yellow combonation with a typical opaque body of about 50% see through quality. There's a resemblance of MUD in the bottom of the glass, but a very nice tight white cream head to go with this.

Bouquet is not what to expect from a saison no doubt due to cask quality. Simple yeast, but a medium to mild floral quality also. I actually like this but it does not seem of a typical saison quality.

Taste though is quite unique and rated high on personal preference. A very nice mild quinine factor at first with some really tight fizz, giving way to American stylen IPA hop bitters on the finish with a medium bitters feel. Missing fruit and floral notes in taste. Of course has that wonderful cask butter sensation which gives me a great mouthfeel.

Drinkability gets to be solid but mostly cause this saison out of the cask comes as a cross between and American IPA and a weak Belgian saison minus the things about saisons I don't care for. This beer out of the cask is NOT a typical saison at all so keep that in mind if you are a fan of that style.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My two year anniversary on BA. I am so close to 400 reviews, I'm going to hold out to review a big one, but for now, this seems fitting. One of my favorite styles from a new never tried brewery. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with a hazy golden color and three inches of bellowing head that remind me of a Jolly Pumpkin brew. The head dissipates at a surprisingly quick pace, leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma is as one would expect from a great saison. Thankfully not too sweet - floral qualities, spicy hops, a hint of yeast and banana. Smells dry...inviting.

Taste - Similar to the nose, however, there is a definite leather, barnyard funk present in the flavor that is not so prevalent in the aroma. Not hugely noticeable (i.e. read not nearly as funky/sour as a JP saison) but still a nice touch. However, the sweetness is a bit more overpowering than initially thought. I wish the tartness from this was a bit stronger to overpower the sweetness. I suppose I am biased seeing as I was introduced to Saisons/Farmhouse Ales through JP, which is not typical for the style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry, great for the style.

Drinkability - A quaffable saison for sure, however, as previously mentioned, this is just a hint too sweet and for the price, I would pick up a JP saison instead. I will say there is no alcohol in the flavor, though I do get a hint of warming in the throat from each sip. If a JP saison was not available, I do think I would pick this second from the others I have tried.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clouded darker orange with some golden tones. An off white head fades slowly into well retained lacing and thick film.

Some fruit and citrus in the nose with lighter spice and faint yeasty funk.

Somewhat sweeter fruit up front with blood orange and apricot. Assorted spices mix in with sone light funk. A bit more of sweetness rides through towards the end. Finishes dry and a little spicy with a barely any hint of alcohol.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, a little dry. Drinks well, light alcohol, and a decent balance between funk and spice. Overall not super impressive but a solid saison.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Al, this is tasty!

Pours a sunshine yellow with a faint red hue. The thick white head is a massive 3 fingers tall and sticks around forever causing very nice lacing.

The bright smell has notes of banana, lemon, apple, and musty yeast.

I would say that the taste features a lot of what I wrote about the smell with the addition of clove. I would say that lemon and apple are the most dominant flavors.

The feel is medium with a nice drying. The interesting thing is how long the grassy sour aftertaste lasts.

This is a solid Saison with a good balance of all reviewing categories. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of argock
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.99.

A: Honey-amber hue with thick 2-3 finger nearly white, frothy head with good retention and a scaffolding of lace.

S: Pale maltiness with strong yeast component provide a sweet breadiness but the medicinal, band-aid notes are very strong and mute the malt and herbal hops components.

T: The first half of this bottle was consumed at 50ish degrees, and the latex band-aid qualities were too prominent with puckering dryness. The pale maltiness has a degree of sweetness that could not keep up with the yeasty character. The herbal hops were pretty much lost. With about an hour of warming, the second half of the bottle was much more enjoyable and drinkable with the sweet pale malt complexity coming through and some nice touches of the herbal, lemony, earthy hops character too. The latex, medicinal character was blunted but still supplied the dryness expected for the style.

M: More than expected body with an extremely dry feel overall and very active carbonation to give nice crisp finish.

D: Compared to the Les Bons Voeux of a couple of weeks ago, this brew is simply very good, but it still has a lot to suggest it including components of malty sweetness, citrus-herbal hoppiness, and yeasty farmhouse funk that still packs a good punch of saisony goodness.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to the several traders who have sent me bottles of this. I know this has to be at least the 4th bottle I have procured through a trade.

Poured a capped and foiled 750ml into my Dogfish Head globe glass. This beer pours a hazy golden honey with yeast particulates floating around in the glass. The head retention is spectacular. A massive 4 finger head erupted from the bottle and 2 inches of creamy white head are always perched on top of the liquid. The aroma is musty funky up front, almost like a closet full of clothes that hasn't seen daylight in a year. Behind the funk is just a hint of floral and herbal hops. Just a little bit of damp grass. Also at the tail end of the aroma is under ripe tree fruits. Hard pears and apples. The flavor is funky. Damp, musty earth intermingled with hard pears and dried hay. Tasty stuff but the depth of the flavor profile of a great saison just isn't there. Regardless, its tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is dry, but not cat tongue dry. I've had the pleasure of drinking this beer on several occasions. I've even brought it to 2 or 3 tastings and its a great saison. I wish Stillwater distributed to Missouri.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is lemon peel, bready/grainy malt, peppery spice, and a bit of clove and grassy hops. I pick up a strong herbal flavor in this brew, along with some lemon peel, peppery spice, grain/bready malt, bananas, and some grassy hops. Very tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's dry and well carbonated. The soft carbonation makes this easy to drink, and quite refreshing. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes.
Look: Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Color is a hazy peach with a large head. Large gobs of lasting lace are left behind.
Smell: Bread, lemon rind and pepper. There is a bit of funk in the background.
Taste: Wow, pale malts and spice are the first taste that comes forward. There is some horse-blanket funk and a plantain-like, dry finish. The mouth is a little thin, but it doesn't detract from the beer too much.
Drink: Grab one, very nice saison.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-poured a gorgeous murky orange with a frothy foamy head and lively carbonation into my oversized snifter. looks like a day out in the fields. golden like a summer's day.

S-explodes with candied sweetness. complex smell bursting with candied hops.

T-bittery hop profile, but nicely balanced. rich in flavor and feel. sweeter saison taste - clove, banana, bubblegum, subtle spicing.

M-creamy and smooth. leaves a tingle and then a bittery dry after feel. definitely heavier than most other saisons, but nicer for the transition out of summer into fall.

D-this really is a fantastic beer. recently at a beer event in nyc i sampled some stillwater for the first time and was blown away. in a day of drinking dozens of different beers, the stillwater brew cut through as a clear highlight. stateside saison is a winner and a beer i will be looking for again and again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange color. Three fingers of off-white creamy/frothy hybrid head. Great retention and moderate amounts of spotty lacing.

3.5 S: Overall pretty dry with a lemony grassiness. Musty basement and cracker malts. As it warms, there a touch of wild apple. Grassy hops, but hops are weak. Not very complex, but not bad.

4.0 T: The taste is a lot more intense than what the nose would suggest. Big hit of cracker, biscuit, and to a lesser extent bready malts. Lots a herbal spiciness in the form of rosemary, parsley, lemongrass and a beavy flowers. Again, this is very dry with wild apple like funkiness. Musky basement funkiness as well. Borderline 4.5.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Plenty of carbonation that isn't quite spritzy and, indeed, a bit too much. Could be creamier as well.

3.5 D: Good beer, but drinkability suffers from the vegetal component. While the herbal flavor is good for a few ounces, it gets old before the second glass. Still, the malts contribute tasty and aggressive flavors. Worth a try.

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Photo of bobsy
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Buffalo. A golden pour with a long-lived white head and good lace. Clean grain nose with hints of fruit and spice. Dry flavour with grain, mineral, some floral notes and a light hint of funk. Nothing overly exciting, but a solid rendition. Body, as mentioned, is dry with a pleasing billowy carbonation.

A good saison, but I'm perplexed by its spot on the best in style list - there are far better ones out there.

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Photo of timtim
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

burnt gold with a big white head that holds and leaves lots of lace. nose is traditional saison with hints of American-style hops popping up. flowers, fruit, spice (pepper), euro malty sweetness and a bit of country barn all ring out in balance. very impressive. medium body with lively carbonation makes for a nice, prickly, cleansing mouthfeel that goes down way too easy. one of my favorite saisons to date and definitely my favorite American made saison. avant guarde traditional? yum. finally, a breath of fresh air!!

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Stateside Saison from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
89 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.